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Update: Firefighters at scene of 'major incident' at Ancaster waste plant

By Grantham Reporter

Ten fire crews are at the scene of a major blaze at Mid UK Recycling at Barkston Heath, Ancaster.

Fire crews first received a call at 1.29am and a major incident was declared at 2.35am.

Twelve pumps were requested at 3.20am.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue tweeted: "At present we have three main jets in use.

"Please stay away from the area, and keep doors and windows shut due to protracted incident. There are also likely to be road closures in the area, so plan your journeys accordingly.

"Due to the incident at Ancaster there are the following road closures - High Dyke at Londonthorpe Lane, Ancaster cross roads at High Dyke. A section of A153 near Woodys is slow going due to hose on the road, it is passable with care.

"The road will hopefully be clear by midday."

A spokesperson for Mid UK Recycling said: “Fire crews were called to our Barkston Heath Materials Recycling Facility at 1.30am this morning after we discovered a fire on site.

“At the moment we believe the fire started on a waste processing line. We believe the cause may have been a lithium battery which has come in within the kerbside recycling materials we receive, but a full investigation will be carried out in due course. The fire was contained within our MRF. No stored waste materials were affected and, due to the fire breaks we have in place, the fire did not spread to any other units.

“The fire service has been working throughout the night to bring the fire under control. Our immediate concern is with regards to the impact this incident has had on local residents and we would like to apologise to everyone who has been affected overnight and this morning. We will be working closely with the fire service to determine the cause and any lessons that can be learned going forward."

Incident has now been scaled down to six appliances.

More details as we have it.


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